Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Birthday

TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a whole year older. Am I thrilled about it? Eh, it's another year closer to 30. At least I get prezzies. That makes up for getting older.

A special surprise was that my Papertrey order arrived today - I didn't get an email from them that it had shipped or anything. It was a nice treat to get stamping goodies.

I also got to see one of my college friends whom I haven't seen in a while. She was driving through on her way to a job interview, so we got together after she got done for a snack.

I had the day off, so I actually got some stamping done. *gasp, shock, horror* Not only that, I did a challenge on the day it was issued, and I'm UPLOADING it on the same day.

Wonders will never cease.

The CC for today was Taken with Teal, Wild Wasabi, and Whisper White.

Well, I was at the Local Scrapbooking Store (LSS) and they had this set of Doodlebug flock colors (tiny bottles of 12 different colors) and I couldn't resist getting it, along with some Doodlebug stickers that work with the glitter or flock - Always being one of the stickers in the set.

It's a No Stamping card. :)
Stamps: none! Paper: Taken with Teal, Wild Wasabi (cs and dp), Whisper White. Ink: Wild Wasabi - to sponge on an edge. Accessories: glue dots, ribbon, dimensionals, Doodlebug stickers, flock.

Earlier today, I had an idea for part of a card pop into my head. It was a background of Flourishes' Damask stamped in River Rock on white cardstock. Everything else was fuzzy, but I wanted the sandy color of River Rock against the white. I also wanted to keep that as open as I possibly could and not hide it away under a big main image, so I just stamped the flower from SU's One of a Kind in River Rock on white and cut it out. I layered it on a black scalloped circle punch out and added a black jumbo brad. I pulled some sheer white and black polka dotted ribbon through the eyelet and tied a knot.
Stamps: Flourishes - Damask, SU - One of a Kind. Paper: River Rock, Basic Black, Whisper White. Ink: River Rock. Accessories: jumbo eyelet, ribbon, dimensionals.

Hoping everyone had a good day,

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Before Work Post

Which seems to be the norm for me.

2 cards to show you today - I did a challenge! Actually, I doubled up.

I did the Color Challenge (Real Red, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal) and Sketch Challenge 180. It's a birthday card for my boss. My Savvyshoppabella was inked in Palette Noir and colored with reinkers and rubbing alcohol. It's a little tricky to get the hang of (my non-name brand aquapainters probably aren't the best) but it looks great and you don't get washed out colors. **I stumbled across this on Jody Morrow's (texasjodylynn) blog a few months ago.**
Stamps: Stamping Bella - Savvyshoppabella, Papertrey anniversay set (can't remember its name), Papertrey - Garden of Life. Paper: Apricot Appeal, Real Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White. Ink: Palette Noir, Brilliance Moonlight White, Regal Rose, Real Red, Apricot Appeal. Accessories: aquapainter, rubbing alcohol, dimensionals.

The other card is one that i just got the urge to create.
Stamps: Embrace Life. Paper: Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Ginger Blossom DP. Ink: Palette Noir, Cameo Coral. Accessories: slit punch, dimensionals, aquapainter, ribbon, brads.

It's the first day of summer here, wishing everyone a great day!

**I got an email that my Verve stamps are being shipped. Yay for new images!**

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Stamps

I'm ordering some new stamps (like I don't have enough?) from Verve Visual and can't wait to stamp with them.

I've seen Verve stamps used often and I liked what I saw, but never actually made it over there to order some.

I did today. :)

I'm excited to work with the stamps. I also have an itch to go visit Papertrey, MFT, Gina K, Flourishes, High Hopes, and other to get stamps.

Hello, my name is Sara and I'm addicted to stamps. :)

Hope everyone's day is going well and you have a great rest of the week (if I don't get my heinie in gear and photograph the cards I've made - or am planning to make)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday update

Today's challenge is the Featured Stamper. Today's FS person was YLM - Cindy. Her gallery was awesome, but I loved this card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/488523
This was a fun card to copy. I dug through my rack of designer paper to find a paper that had polka dots on it. I love polka dots. I'm also a matchy-matchy person - I try to get as close as I can to the colors of the paper. I also decided that I wanted to change the layout - I wanted to flip it onto its side.

I liked the ovals, so I pulled out my Nesties and went to work. I cut out the layers, then stamped the olive cup and the foam. I then went over the outline of the foam with Liquid Applique so it would look like foam.

I also wanted to decorate the card with more than just ribbon, so I pulled out a hat pin and added some beads to the top and pushed it though the ribbon knots.

I really like how this turned out.
Stamps: Like it a Latte. Paper: 3 Bugs in a Rug dp, Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Whisper White. Ink: Bordering Blue, Old Olive. Accessories: Oval Nesties, Liquid Applique, hat pin, beads, ribbon, ticket corner punch, snaps, dimensionals.

I don't think I mentioned this, but I'm a hostess for the August VSN on Splitcoast. I'm a hostess of another mini challenge - one of the mini challenges that are on June 20th. I'm excited and I'm pretty organized about what I need to do for this even with all the stuff that's going on at work. If you can, please play!!! I'd love to see what you can come up with!

Summer session at daycare starts on Friday. I'm nervous, but I'm really excited at the same time. I hope the kids like the things we've planned.

Hoping for better weather than we've had this weekend (it's been hot, humid and sudden thunderstorms for the last 3 days),

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Can you Believe it???

Created yesterday, picture taken and uploaded today. I'm starting to get back into the groove!

I finished off my TLC project and went to work on the Color Challenge for yesterday which was a repeat of Blue Bayou, Real Red and Soft Sky.

I had a blast working on my TLC challenge which was to create 3x3 cards, envelopes for them and a little box to hold them all. I loved this idea and went straight for my Wild Asparagus paper that I'd gotten in a slab from Hobby Lobby a while ago. Since it's single sided, it would give the impression of lined envelopes. I printed the templates off onto the paper and cut them out (the box too. I pulled the colors for the cards out of the paper. I've also had these Imaginisce (?) stamps for a while and I decided to break them out for this project.
Stamps: Imaginisce - Popsicles. Paper: Wild Asparagus dp, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Whisper White. Ink: River Rock, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke. Accessories: slit punch, ribbon, corner rounder, mat pack.

My Color Challenge card. I'm really liking how this turned out - I think it's pretty and elegant. I didn't want to go too ornate with this card - the whole "too much stuff on one card" deal. So I picked the flower image from One of a Kind and stamped it 3 times - twice in Blue Bayou and once in Real Red. I cut the flowers down and layered them on top of one another with dimensionals - which you can't really see in the picture. The 2 layers that are popped up are washed with a little bit of color to make them stand out a little more. The background is Flourishes LLC's Damask background stamped on Real Red in Real Red. I added a dyed prima to the flower and topped it with a Glitter dot.
Stamps: Flourishes LLC - Damask, SU - One of a Kind. Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky. Ink: Blue Bayou, Real Red, Soft Sky. Accessories: Crystal Stickles, ribbon, dimensionals, glitter dot, prima, aquapainter.

Since it's a little gloomy here, I'll wish everyone a nice warm sunshiney day (and hope that it catches up with me),

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday creations

I made these cards on Sunday, took a picture of them on Monday and it'll be Tuesday by the time I get them uploaded. Go figure.

I'm such a slacker when it comes to taking pictures and uploading. I need to work on this.

I'd also show the TLC challenge for today, but well... I got sucked into watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs (it's Game 5) and I pulled myself away as it was going into 2nd Overtime. I have envelopes and the box cut out and folded - I need to use the tape and actually make the 3x3 cards. Then we get into the fun of taking pictures and uploading...

Does anyone see a cycle here?

So... cards. I'm showing off 2 of the 3 I made - #3 is going to my VSN Secret Sister.

I've been meaning to send a thank you to my CCRAK "Flower" from the last swap. I made her card yesterday using some of the things she sent me.
Stamps: Papertrey - Garden of Life. Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla. Ink: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red. Accessories: ticket corner punch, half back pearls, ribbon, dimensionals.

The other card I made is a "whatever" card. I seem to make a lot of these - which gets really helpful for crunch times.
Stamps: SU - All Through the Year; Stamping Bella - Cakeabella. Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Taken with Teal. Ink: Palette Noir, Real Red. Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, corner rounder punch, sewing machine, dimensionals, ribbon.

I'm running out of steam here. It's been a long day and tomorrow's going to be just as long.

Hoping for a sunny day ahead,